The hard-working truthtellers at Antiwar.com are in the midst of their quarterly fundraising drive, and you can pitch in by clicking here or snapping up one of our "Remember Peace?" Tees (Men's and Women's). The Wry Guys donate $5 from the sale of each of these Tees to Antiwar.com.
Why do we hold the folks at Antiwar.com in such high esteem? Let me tell you.
Founded in 1996, Antiwar.com set out to counter the burgeoning influence of the military-industrial-congressional complex (MICC) in Washington, DC. As Randolph Bourne pointed out long ago, "war is the health of the state," and this small band of determined libertarians recognized the grave threat to life, freedom, and prosperity posed by the MICC and an expansive warfare state.
Antiwar.com first came to our attention in the summer of 2002 during the march to war in Iraq. At the time, two of us were reading the news voraciously, eagerly consuming information from a wide variety of news outlets in an attempt to make sense of tense, confusing, chaotic times. Initially, we seriously questioned the sanity of their writers as Antiwar.com was the only outlet in the mix that consistently and systematically refuted the rationales for war that were widely circulated by official channels and mainstream media.
In the face of a hostile public whipped into a jingoistic frenzy, explicit threats of physical harm, and the withdrawal of key financial support by fearful donors, the folks at Antiwar.com stood their ground. Despite enormous pressure to compromise, their writers and other contributors followed the evidence wherever it led and unflinchingly reported their conclusions.
In time, we learned there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, no ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, and no Iraqi involvement in the events of 9/11. One by one, the rationales peddled by lickspittle media in service to the MICC were proven false, and Antiwar.com was vindicated.
This, friends, is undaunted courage and real integrity. With Antiwar.com's principled, clear-eyed coverage of the war in Iraq, this small, up-start Web site earned our abiding respect and admiration. With the MICC's war propaganda debunked and discredited, we became monthly supporters of Antiwar.com, and one of us even contributed a wry column scrutinizing the dreary election of 2004.
Today, Antiwar.com continues its tradition of truthtelling on a shoestring budget, while many of the journalists and commentators who parrot MICC propaganda remain well funded and influential. In a just and rational world, the truthtellers would be rewarded for their courage and candor, and the professional propagandists would be shunned.
Sadly, that's not the world in which we live, but you can help take a step toward such a reality by making your tax-deductible contribution to Antiwar.com. Please help today: